Addiction Therapists in Charlotte, NC

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Yazmeen A Garcia
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, LCMHCA, LCASA, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
I currently serve clients from ages 10-100, with my primary focus being adolescents and adults. I am a mental health counselor as well as a licensed clinical addiction specialist, meaning I love working with both mental health disorders and addictions. When working with mental health, I serve those struggling with anxiety/depression, trauma/sexual abuse, bipolar I or II disorder, dissociative-identity disorder, grief, self-esteem concerns, identity matters, religious or spiritual factors, stress management, and those on the autism spectrum. My goals for my clients are to be able to increase their sense of self-worth and autonomy.
I currently serve clients from ages 10-100, with my primary focus being adolescents and adults. I am a mental health counselor as well as a licensed clinical addiction specialist, meaning I love working with both mental health disorders and addictions. When working with mental health, I serve those struggling with anxiety/depression, trauma/sexual abuse, bipolar I or II disorder, dissociative-identity disorder, grief, self-esteem concerns, identity matters, religious or spiritual factors, stress management, and those on the autism spectrum. My goals for my clients are to be able to increase their sense of self-worth and autonomy.
(980) 261-3768 View (980) 261-3768
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Steve Hanna Interventions
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226  (Online Only)
Steve is a mature and seasoned professional with 26 years experience in both residential and outpatient therapy. He is both pragmatic and compassionate combining evidenced based practices, lifestyle changes,12 step recovery and experiential therapies to empower clients with Substance Use and Mental Health issues in their healing and wellness.
Steve is a mature and seasoned professional with 26 years experience in both residential and outpatient therapy. He is both pragmatic and compassionate combining evidenced based practices, lifestyle changes,12 step recovery and experiential therapies to empower clients with Substance Use and Mental Health issues in their healing and wellness.
(704) 966-7288 View (704) 966-7288
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Stress Management, PLLC
LCMHCS, CCS, LCAS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28269  (Online Only)
I am licensed in Mental Health as well as Substance Use with experience in Trauma, Group, Individual and Veteran concerns.
** Available for Speaking Engagements and Panel Events** ** Now Accepting New Clients** When life's terms are overwhelming, it's time to level the playing field by teaming up with a professional. By understanding how to use the appropriate tools and strategies, you can make a positive difference in your life. Building on your strengths and recognizing available resources, may decrease the impact of future stressors.
I am licensed in Mental Health as well as Substance Use with experience in Trauma, Group, Individual and Veteran concerns.
** Available for Speaking Engagements and Panel Events** ** Now Accepting New Clients** When life's terms are overwhelming, it's time to level the playing field by teaming up with a professional. By understanding how to use the appropriate tools and strategies, you can make a positive difference in your life. Building on your strengths and recognizing available resources, may decrease the impact of future stressors.
(704) 610-3640 View (704) 610-3640
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Margaret E Wyche
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
I specialize in working with adults around a wide assortment of issues and concerns including grief and loss, codependency, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other life challenges.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. I have also completed three years of training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is a body-awareness approach to trauma. Dr. Peter Levine realized that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma. SE supports our bodies to access our body's innate wisdom and apply it to healing and resolving the effects of trauma. What I love most about my work is being allowed on the journey with individuals and families as they grow and heal emotionally and spiritually.
I specialize in working with adults around a wide assortment of issues and concerns including grief and loss, codependency, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other life challenges.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. I have also completed three years of training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is a body-awareness approach to trauma. Dr. Peter Levine realized that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma. SE supports our bodies to access our body's innate wisdom and apply it to healing and resolving the effects of trauma. What I love most about my work is being allowed on the journey with individuals and families as they grow and heal emotionally and spiritually.
(704) 807-3635 View (704) 807-3635
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Maggie Rose Timmerman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA, LCASA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28211
It is my top priority to offer a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment for every client I serve. I provide a strengths-based, non-judgmental approach which will allow us to explore challenges together. I focus on assisting individuals navigating difficulties related to life adjustments and transitions, grief and loss, interpersonal issues, anxiety, depression, and substance use. I also work alongside couples and adult families in order to help resolve dysfunction and improve communication.
It is my top priority to offer a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment for every client I serve. I provide a strengths-based, non-judgmental approach which will allow us to explore challenges together. I focus on assisting individuals navigating difficulties related to life adjustments and transitions, grief and loss, interpersonal issues, anxiety, depression, and substance use. I also work alongside couples and adult families in order to help resolve dysfunction and improve communication.
(704) 610-5138 View (704) 610-5138
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Advene Health Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28270
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss, living with chronic medical conditions, self-esteem issues, and relationship and career issues, among others.
My idea as a psychotherapist is to provide safe, comfortable & judgment-free environment for clients to work through issues. My role as a psychotherapist is to respect the goals that my clients come in with, and support the process of working toward these goals. I believe Psychotherapy can enhance one's self-awareness and the ability to recognize in one's own self-defeating and self-sabotaging patterns, and to change these patterns.
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss, living with chronic medical conditions, self-esteem issues, and relationship and career issues, among others.
My idea as a psychotherapist is to provide safe, comfortable & judgment-free environment for clients to work through issues. My role as a psychotherapist is to respect the goals that my clients come in with, and support the process of working toward these goals. I believe Psychotherapy can enhance one's self-awareness and the ability to recognize in one's own self-defeating and self-sabotaging patterns, and to change these patterns.
(980) 247-4144 View (980) 247-4144
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Clear Mind Counseling LLC
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262
The trauma of addiction touches all of us in one way or another. Recognizing how addiction impacts you physically, mentally, and spiritually can be an awesome awakening to an entirely new way of life. Often individuals suffer from the consequences of making high risk decisions that cause crisis for themselves and their families. Dealing with these consequences alone may increase the desire to continue substances and more negative consequences. Allow me shed light on how to end this vicious cycle. I am a dedicated and compassionate clinician that is committed to the well being of my clients and their families.
The trauma of addiction touches all of us in one way or another. Recognizing how addiction impacts you physically, mentally, and spiritually can be an awesome awakening to an entirely new way of life. Often individuals suffer from the consequences of making high risk decisions that cause crisis for themselves and their families. Dealing with these consequences alone may increase the desire to continue substances and more negative consequences. Allow me shed light on how to end this vicious cycle. I am a dedicated and compassionate clinician that is committed to the well being of my clients and their families.
(704) 253-8619 View (704) 253-8619
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LaVeta Blaylock
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MCAP, CCATP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28215  (Online Only)
She is certified as an addiction and anxiety professional and treatment areas she works with include relationship issues, mood disorders, addiction, and coping skills.
Let's face it, change can be difficult! Luckily there are ways to learn to adjust and adapt to the ever constant changes in life and you are the key. As a client you can expect to be in the driver seat of your therapeutic journey. LaVeta believes that clients are resourceful and resilient within their own lives. Initially starting therapy can be scary and intimidating. LaVeta provides a warm and inviting experience to include empathic and reflective listening skills as she is here to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and treatment. So if you are ready to take that step, lets buckle up!
She is certified as an addiction and anxiety professional and treatment areas she works with include relationship issues, mood disorders, addiction, and coping skills.
Let's face it, change can be difficult! Luckily there are ways to learn to adjust and adapt to the ever constant changes in life and you are the key. As a client you can expect to be in the driver seat of your therapeutic journey. LaVeta believes that clients are resourceful and resilient within their own lives. Initially starting therapy can be scary and intimidating. LaVeta provides a warm and inviting experience to include empathic and reflective listening skills as she is here to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and treatment. So if you are ready to take that step, lets buckle up!
(980) 372-3855 x100 View (980) 372-3855 x100
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Art of Care Counseling
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
The areas I've served people include various forms of Depression, Anxiety, Loss, Trauma, Developmental Disorders, Life Stressors, Substance Abuse and Recovery.
No phone tag - please book a consultation or appointment on my website for a fast response. I respect all clients and convey that at each meeting. I know each person has a path I also believe each person has their answers; my responsibility is to assist them in finding those answers to stand by each client in their discoveries and meaning. I advocate entirely to Cure the Stigma of Therapy for all cultures. I welcome the journey with each client to a better day and a more peaceful self.
The areas I've served people include various forms of Depression, Anxiety, Loss, Trauma, Developmental Disorders, Life Stressors, Substance Abuse and Recovery.
No phone tag - please book a consultation or appointment on my website for a fast response. I respect all clients and convey that at each meeting. I know each person has a path I also believe each person has their answers; my responsibility is to assist them in finding those answers to stand by each client in their discoveries and meaning. I advocate entirely to Cure the Stigma of Therapy for all cultures. I welcome the journey with each client to a better day and a more peaceful self.
(704) 870-0406 View (704) 870-0406
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Lisa Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Hello My name is Lisa Smith and I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) with a master's degree in professional counseling as well a master's degree in addiction counseling. I have counseled addicts for ten years and mental health for over twenty years.
Hello My name is Lisa Smith and I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) with a master's degree in professional counseling as well a master's degree in addiction counseling. I have counseled addicts for ten years and mental health for over twenty years.
(980) 243-8893 View (980) 243-8893
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Gretchen Natale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAP, GRP, SAP, QS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
I have been working in the substance abuse/mental health field for 24 years. I believe in treating the whole person using a variety of modalities that are client centered in nature. Treatment is individualized, based on each client's unique needs with the process being a collaborative effort between myself and client. Grief Recovery Practitioner working with all levels of loss/grief.
I have been working in the substance abuse/mental health field for 24 years. I believe in treating the whole person using a variety of modalities that are client centered in nature. Treatment is individualized, based on each client's unique needs with the process being a collaborative effort between myself and client. Grief Recovery Practitioner working with all levels of loss/grief.
(754) 240-8141 View (754) 240-8141
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Chase D Rayfield
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, CRC, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
Now serving SC! People come to me because they want to better understand addiction, mental health, and often how to treat both at the same time. Mood and anxiety disorders are common for those struggling with addiction, and not receiving the right care can result in increased relapses and a poor quality of life. When a new client is ready to work with me they will find a compassionate and open counselor with the knowledge to treat multiple disorders and to deal with each one effectively. Being collaborative, I enjoy connecting family members and physicians in your care as well as helping you find community-based recovery resources
Now serving SC! People come to me because they want to better understand addiction, mental health, and often how to treat both at the same time. Mood and anxiety disorders are common for those struggling with addiction, and not receiving the right care can result in increased relapses and a poor quality of life. When a new client is ready to work with me they will find a compassionate and open counselor with the knowledge to treat multiple disorders and to deal with each one effectively. Being collaborative, I enjoy connecting family members and physicians in your care as well as helping you find community-based recovery resources
(919) 391-9300 View (919) 391-9300
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Mary Jane McGill
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28269
My past experiences include working with adolescents, adults, and elderly with physical, substance use and mental health disorders.
Over the last 45+ years I have had family and friends ask why I stay in the counseling field. My usual answer is, “Because I love it”. I am grateful to have two areas of the counseling field that are important to me. One as a counselor and one as a consultant providing clinical supervision/training/administrative and quality assurance guidance. By having the ability to work in both counseling and management arenas I am able to provide counseling to my clients, facilitate trainings in North Carolina, assist new counselors with improving their knowledge and skills, and provide consultation to other agencies/
My past experiences include working with adolescents, adults, and elderly with physical, substance use and mental health disorders.
Over the last 45+ years I have had family and friends ask why I stay in the counseling field. My usual answer is, “Because I love it”. I am grateful to have two areas of the counseling field that are important to me. One as a counselor and one as a consultant providing clinical supervision/training/administrative and quality assurance guidance. By having the ability to work in both counseling and management arenas I am able to provide counseling to my clients, facilitate trainings in North Carolina, assist new counselors with improving their knowledge and skills, and provide consultation to other agencies/
(336) 203-8833 View (336) 203-8833
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Jacquelyn Redmond
Counselor, MS, LCAS, LCMHCA, CSI
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28205  (Online Only)
If you're navigating the complexities of mental health challenges or addiction, know that you're not alone on this journey.
Today, you are taking the first step towards healing and growth. As an experienced therapist specializing in adult counseling, I'm dedicated to helping you navigate life's challenges with clarity and resilience. Whether you're grappling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, personality disorders, or struggling with self-image, I offer a compassionate space for exploration and healing. Together, let's uncover your strengths and foster positive connections, empowering you to thrive in your journey of recovery and personal growth.
If you're navigating the complexities of mental health challenges or addiction, know that you're not alone on this journey.
Today, you are taking the first step towards healing and growth. As an experienced therapist specializing in adult counseling, I'm dedicated to helping you navigate life's challenges with clarity and resilience. Whether you're grappling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, personality disorders, or struggling with self-image, I offer a compassionate space for exploration and healing. Together, let's uncover your strengths and foster positive connections, empowering you to thrive in your journey of recovery and personal growth.
(704) 610-0859 View (704) 610-0859
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Grow In Grace Behavioral Health, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28203
At Grow in Grace Behavioral Health, PLLC we offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health and substance use disorders, and provide a neutral ground for individuals, families, and children/adolescents to grow through what they go through. Are you experiencing extreme emotional shifts or not feeling like yourself? Maybe you are in a period of change and transition in your life and often feel invalidated by others. Perhaps your family or personal relationships are strained and you are feeling isolated or alone. We all experience tough times, let us guide you through.
At Grow in Grace Behavioral Health, PLLC we offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health and substance use disorders, and provide a neutral ground for individuals, families, and children/adolescents to grow through what they go through. Are you experiencing extreme emotional shifts or not feeling like yourself? Maybe you are in a period of change and transition in your life and often feel invalidated by others. Perhaps your family or personal relationships are strained and you are feeling isolated or alone. We all experience tough times, let us guide you through.
(704) 396-8666 View (704) 396-8666
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Kelsey S. Crowe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ population and those experiencing trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety.
“Tell me, What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver I am licensed in NC, SC and VA. I hold tight to the experience and belief that we already have the answers within us. I want my clients to not only survive the things that challenge them the most, but to thrive and fall in love with their life. I love the process of supporting people in reconnecting to themselves, especially during times of life’s inevitable transitions. You may find yourself separating, becoming a parent, experiencing grief and loss, or beginning to shift your identity. Growth is never easy.
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ population and those experiencing trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety.
“Tell me, What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver I am licensed in NC, SC and VA. I hold tight to the experience and belief that we already have the answers within us. I want my clients to not only survive the things that challenge them the most, but to thrive and fall in love with their life. I love the process of supporting people in reconnecting to themselves, especially during times of life’s inevitable transitions. You may find yourself separating, becoming a parent, experiencing grief and loss, or beginning to shift your identity. Growth is never easy.
(704) 469-4105 View (704) 469-4105
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Gabrielle Neely
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Life is full of ups and downs, seasons of joy and seasons of pain. We all need a place to share our struggles, wants, and needs. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and specialize in working with women who are experiencing depression, challenges with self-image, anxiety, addiction, and relational conflict. You do not have to be alone in your struggles. I am here to walk with you and support you, no matter your situation or outlook. My purpose as your counselor is to help you manage the burdens of expectations, disappointments, and fears that are weighing you down.
Life is full of ups and downs, seasons of joy and seasons of pain. We all need a place to share our struggles, wants, and needs. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and specialize in working with women who are experiencing depression, challenges with self-image, anxiety, addiction, and relational conflict. You do not have to be alone in your struggles. I am here to walk with you and support you, no matter your situation or outlook. My purpose as your counselor is to help you manage the burdens of expectations, disappointments, and fears that are weighing you down.
(704) 665-0984 View (704) 665-0984
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Deb Childress
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28226
Hi! I am a Clinical Social worker in the state of North Carolina. I have a masters degree in clinical social work from the University of Michigan & a bachelors in social work from Bowling Green State University. I completed training in Addiction treatment, CBT, DBT, mindfulness therapy & motivational interviewing. I have a true passion helping those struggling in addiction or with mental health issues. I enjoy working with those trying to better themselves and their lives & would feel honored to work along side you on this journey.
Hi! I am a Clinical Social worker in the state of North Carolina. I have a masters degree in clinical social work from the University of Michigan & a bachelors in social work from Bowling Green State University. I completed training in Addiction treatment, CBT, DBT, mindfulness therapy & motivational interviewing. I have a true passion helping those struggling in addiction or with mental health issues. I enjoy working with those trying to better themselves and their lives & would feel honored to work along side you on this journey.
(980) 449-2884 View (980) 449-2884
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Dentavius Lamarn Barber
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA , LCMHC-S, LCAS, NCC, CCS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28273
Dentavius is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in the state of North Carolina, in addition to a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and South Carolina. Dentavius hold certifications as a National Board Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor with the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board, International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Dentavius is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in the state of North Carolina, in addition to a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and South Carolina. Dentavius hold certifications as a National Board Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor with the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board, International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with International Association of Trauma Professionals.
(704) 459-4341 View (704) 459-4341
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Lynn G. Freitas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ACSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28211
My areas of expertise include treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse/ addiction, problem gambling, relationship, marital, and family problems.
Welcome. I am committed to helping you understand and process the reasons for your current distress and then begin a process of healing and transformation. Life's currents can be calm and beautiful, and have waves that gently rock us, but occasionally storms blow in, with strong winds and rough waters. How we negotiate life's changing currents depends on our navigation skills and also our internal state and external supports.If you are feeling thrown by life's stormy weather and not sure what to do to right your ship, consider a compassionate, therapeutic consultation with me.
My areas of expertise include treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse/ addiction, problem gambling, relationship, marital, and family problems.
Welcome. I am committed to helping you understand and process the reasons for your current distress and then begin a process of healing and transformation. Life's currents can be calm and beautiful, and have waves that gently rock us, but occasionally storms blow in, with strong winds and rough waters. How we negotiate life's changing currents depends on our navigation skills and also our internal state and external supports.If you are feeling thrown by life's stormy weather and not sure what to do to right your ship, consider a compassionate, therapeutic consultation with me.
(828) 468-8001 View (828) 468-8001

Addiction Therapists

What is the best therapy for addiction?

Addiction treatment will be tailored to the individual. People seeking help for addiction—whether with a psychotherapist, in an outpatient clinic, or in a residential program—should expect to engage in multiple types of treatments, sometimes including medication. For anyone recovering from addiction, avoiding situations in which one has typically used a substance is essential, as is the support of close connections. Since substance use disorders tend to co-occur with underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, those must also be addressed as part of any recovery plan.

How long does therapy for addiction take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from addiction. Patients and their families should expect the work to last several months, if not longer. Residential treatment programs may be based on a stay of 30, 60, or 90 days, with continuing work after release, but only about 1 percent of people are treated in such facilities. Ceasing use is just the first step; therapy to help maintain abstinence and effect behavior change must follow. The process of recovery, neuroscience has shown, involves brain cells recovering the capacity to respond to natural sources of reward and restore control over the impulse to use. Another definition of recovery is restoring voluntary control over one’s substance use and retaking all of one’s previous responsibilities.

How effective is drug addiction treatment?

Substance use disorders are treatable and remission is achievable for many who seek recovery; by some estimates, more than three-quarters of people who become addicted to alcohol or drugs recover. But that success rarely occurs quickly or on a set timeline; relapse is not only common, but many therapists and clinicians view it as a normal part of the process—not always a sign that a person has returned to addiction, but a signal that their treatment should be adjusted to help them regain control. Overall, research suggests, five years after the end of substance use, one’s risk of relapse is no greater than that of others who had not faced addiction. Other experts believe that complete abstinence is not the only measure of recovery, and that, through effective treatment, many people can learn to control their use.

How can you get addiction treatment for someone?

The most important factor in recovery from addiction is widely understood to be an individual’s commitment to change. For that reason,“interventions” in which friends and family gather to urge or force someone to begin immediate treatment often backfire; even when such efforts do lead someone to begin treatment, they may be less likely to stay than those who are self-driven. Still, family members can play an important role in supporting an individual who seeks help and can take part in family therapy as one element of a loved one’s treatment.